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[Philosophy] Thoughts on the ontological duality of software data and instruction

This post is part of another I'm detailing out as an extension of my discussion of the ontology of software, I thought it might be a good idea to slip this in as a seperate post so it can be consumed in isolation and built up on / referenced future posts, enjoy!

What is program Input? Or Program Data?
If we should consider that there is such a thing as an input/data to a program, what would that be? In the common cognition this is something you enter into the program/software for computation. But how is this "entered"? What does a software do to "accept" input/data? What is input/data
Input/data is something that must change the state of a software/program deterministically and uniquely (2).  We know that a given input/data was been computed because there is a deterministic pattern of states that is assumed by the software after "accepting" the input (a kind of "response"). If a completely arbitrary set of states are assumed in response to a…

[Philosophy] The ontology of software

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Being a computer scientist before I am a hacker means I spend a lot of time thinking about the general ideas we use to process information and produce meaningful algorithms and computations. But of course being a philosopher before I am even a computer scientist means I think also a lot about what things are, how they are, why the the way the are and how we manage to say the are in such ways. (top-down)

I like asking questions and this aggressive question asking has led me to thinking about the ontological nature of software.  This post is a collection of a few potentially meaningless stabs I'm taking at what I perceive is the currents state of affairs (this was a typo at first, left it in as a joke for reasons obvious later) with regard to the nature of software's philosophical ontology.

Context based Entropy : How to use keyed-steganography

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I have spoken to a couple of people about this idea, those who know a little bit about steg often tell me this idea is pretty cool so I'll make it a little more public, see who catches it and starts doing interesting things before i do. Not saying I came up with this first, totally happy to pass the torch if I am to do so. But I do believe this idea could revolutionize security, cryptography and introduce a level of steganography to communication channels that is as hard to break as a secret key is to guess. I believe this possibly because my faculty for reasoning is flawed OR I'm missing something about my construction (I'm not a cryptographer--not a qualified one at least I'm just a dude who thinks about things a lot and just so happens to work in information security). 




So here I will lay out the idea, will all the notions expressed that I think make it work, and if they are true you should also agree with its advantages should it really work as i propose. 

[OPINION] How AI will change Information Security

AI is become more more prevalent in basically every single research area; that is to my mind undeniable. I remember when using neural nets use to be experimental (or hip and cool), now you can download a python package that handles building and training them for you! So there is definitely a significant up trend in the prevalence of AI and machine learning based technology in research.  I would need to be a special kind of moron to not guess that this will also spill over into information security.  The question is how will this affect us infosec people?

Why Security exceptions shouldn't exist.

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There's something that happens in pentests more often than any pentester would like to admit. Security Exceptions, findings in a security assessment that get marked as "no need to fix" by the larger organization's security operation (usually). In this post I'm going to talk about why the philosophy of this idea is fundamentally broken and will not benefit any org that has such a policy enforced in such a way.


Why geeks should "get" fashion

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This post is about something I've been pondering for a while, why the really really insanely unique minds in the geek culture aren't getting involved in creating awesome clothes for people like them? Why don't geeks get into fashion design? We are definitely smart enough to do literally anything we can think of, what is it about fashion that makes classic tech nerds avoid it?











I work in an extremely technical industry (the computer/software/hacker/breaker/maker technical industry), that means I work with a lot of "nerds" who aren't considered the most "trendy" people. Now I totally totally get why these kinds of extremely intelligent people would not swoon every-time supreme makes a cross over with adidas lol here are a couple of reasons:


[RANT] Why Browsers are a crazy idea

Browsers pretty much govern how we interact with the internet, people built the internet realized they needed a way to exchange documents, someone came along and built this program that is kinda only meant only to display documents on the web and only to people in the military. This was fine for a couple years and eventually people started looking at the internet as less of a library and more of a communication platform and of course communication happens for various reasons few of which the internet and by extension browsers were actually designed for!


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